Oglethorpe Ave. parking lot sale receives mixed reviews

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Savannah City Council followed through on its promise to sell a vacant lot off Oglethorpe Avenue for $5 million.

On it, a developer has plans for housing, retail space and a parking garage. The parking lot is right across from Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Headquarters and plenty of people use it daily.

Now, the businesses nearby have mixed reviews.

"We're a hit. Savannah is a hit and people want to be here," said Alderman Bill Durrence.

Alderman Durrence is referring to the developer, Geyer Morris, who is set to build a parking deck, residential and retail plaza where this parking lot sits. He says they have been cooperative to the city's needs.

"We are such a success now and people want to be here that we can ask these people to accommodate our environment instead of the other way around," said Alderman Durrence.

Across the street sits another plaza that has issues with parking. One woman said employees can't even leave for lunch because they won't have a space when they return.

Some think the new businesses will add to the problem, while Ivan at Taca Sushi thinks it's a great idea.

"Normally, we run out of parking spots in the morning because people park here and just leave. So, it might affect our business because we have more parking lots out front so people can maybe stop by and come in here," Ivan said.

This is a primary location for police officers to park their cars as well as their personal cars, but I am told they're going to reserve several spaces for police as well.

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